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Funtua, President Buhari’s confidant, is dead [update]

Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, a close confidant of President Muhammadu Buhari, is dead.

Mallam Isa Funtua, ElombahNews was informed, died of cardiac arrest late Monday.

He was aged 77.

His son Abubakar Isa Funtua is married to President Buhari’s daughter, Safinatu.

Founding Managing Director of Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN),

He was life patron of Newspaper’s Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and Chairman of Bulet Construcion company.

Quick Bio of Ismaila Isa Funtua [Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Ismaila Isa Funtua was born in 1942 in Funtua, a Local Government Area in Katsina State.

Funtua was a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, University of Manchester, and National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State.

He is an Administrator by Occupation and known for his role in the famed Kaduna Mafia.

[Kaduna Mafia is a loose group of Nigerian businessmen, civil servants, intellectuals and military officers from Northern Nigeria that has influenced the Nigerian political sphere.]

Late Funtua was a Nigerian statesman who served as a Federal Minister in the Second Nigerian Republic.

He plays a very influential role in the President Buhari administration and a long time close associate of the President.

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The Late Nigerian statesman was born in January 1942.

He received Islamic education, where he learnt the Qur’an, Islamic jurisprudence and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

He later attended the Commercial College in Zaria, Federal Training Centre in Kaduna and the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.

He also attended the University of Manchester and was the Monitor-General of Course 9 of the Senior Executive Course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.

A highly capable administrator, he started his career in the Katsina Native Authority, where he eventually rose through the ranks working in the defunct North Central State.

He later joined the United Textiles Limited in Kaduna, working as a personnel manager where he showcased great managerial finesse.

Isa Funtua later became the Federal Minister of Water Resources in the Second Nigerian Republic.

He was a member of the 1994 Constitutional Conference under General Sani Abacha and was listed as a target by the regime.

He then retired into private business where he became a director of several companies.

He was the founder of Funtua Textiles Limited and managing director of the Democrat Newspaper.

He was also the founder and Chairman of Bulet Construction Company (one of the largest indigenous construction companies in Nigeria), responsible for building several federal buildings.

He was a Life Patron and the President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria.


Ismaila Isa Funtua died after a cardiac arrest on 20 July 2020.

He will be buried according to Islamic rites Tuesday.

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